Music: How Are We Able to Relate Our Lives to Songs?

Music. It’s always the first thing we make sure to listen to everyday, whether any of us are travelling to school, to college or even to work, but there is something about music that makes us feel connected.

How does music relate to our own lives? Well music can relate to our own lives in many different ways, as there may be certain events in our life where we may have lost someone close to us, or that we may have gone through a difficult time in our lives, but sometimes, music can relate to the good things as well as the best things that may have happened in our lives.

For instance, with an album like Rebel Heart by Madonna, her album has more of her vulnerable spots to life than that of the rebellious side of her life, as Rebel Heart was based more around how she may have felt about it all, and I felt that with this album, I could relate to it, because it’s like the way Madonna has done it, it’s like she is speaking out language, like as if she knows that we all go through moments of heartbreak in life, but with the album track, Rebel Heart, it’s like she is trying to say in short that it’s time to stand up for what you believe in and it’s time for you to just be you and do whatever makes you feel happy in this world.

Other albums like 19, 21 & 25 by Adele have that appeal to life as those albums create different emotions, but the kind of different emotions that you can relate to. With Adele’s music, she’s has managed to create a mood in that song where you can feel at home, where you can feel like you have something in common but most of all where you can feel a sense of relief knowing that the kind of emotions you have are kind of emotions that other people like Adele may have.

But with music overall, it’s the emotive connections of music that bring us all together, as all of us are able to relate to what certain pieces of music are about, as well as how they impact on us all altogether.

I love listening to music as it’s my way of not just being able to come up with new ideas, but I love music mainly because a lot of the music I’ve heard over the years is music I can relate to, as music has always been a part of my childhood and music altogether will always be a part of my whole life.

Overall, I strongly believe that we can all relate our lives to the songs we hear, including the unlimited supply of music we all hear over the years.

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Alex Smithson

Madonna: Artistic Interpretation #2: The True Blue Era (1986)

As I kicked my two-week holiday off with a bang, I took the opportunity to draw the Queen of Pop songstress, Madonna, again, but this time in her True Blue era, as I saw that a lot of fans had created pieces of artwork inspired by the True Blue photograph that Herb Ritts took of her back in 1986.

This drawing took from Friday 25th March to Tuesday 29th March to complete, and has to be one of the most difficult drawings I’ve produced yet. It’s worth the time drawing, because I can finally set my creativity free after a long while. It’s amazing what a 5B pencil can produce, and I just feel so fortunate that I can draw what I’m good at.

Over the course of the few days I’ve been producing this drawing, I’ve already been asked by one of my friends upon request if I can draw them, and I will, and I recently had some feedback given that I’ve been documenting my progress of this drawing on the photo-sharing service, Instagram, and I was told by one of my Instagram followers that it was so good, and it really brought a smile to my face.

I think with this drawing I wanted it to be based around not just that era, but also around how I artistically interpret Madonna as a musician.

Artistic Interpretation 2 - Madonna - The True Blue Era (Final Version)

The final statistics of the Rebel Heart Tour that Madonna brought to a remarkable close on the 20th March show that the tour has officially grossed $169,804,336, with full attendance (1,045,479 / 1,045,479).

This is a fantastic milestone of its own that marks the end of the Rebel Heart Era on such a positive note. I also feel glad to have done this drawing freehand with the photo reference of Madonna during her True Blue Era, which was all the way back in 1986. Exactly 30 years ago. Wow! Time sure has flown.

To celebrate this milestone, I have officially uploaded and published a video of this drawing whilst it was in progress, and it will show you the progress that I have made in drawing my second artistic interpretation of Madonna, right up to the very end ☺.

If you liked my second artistic interpretation drawing of Madonna, then please feel free to submit feedback. All feedback is much appreciated and I hope you liked the drawing and the video ☺.

Alex Smithson

Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj) | Madonna | Special Music Feature

With her music video inching much closer to 30,000,000 views in just the space of two weeks, Madonna released her latest: “Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj)” music video to the masses. With her previous video only just recently clocking up to over 10,000,000+ views, with the first video from the Rebel Heart album clocking up to over 15,000,000+ views, Bitch I’m Madonna looks more than ready to set the bar for the next video that Madonna may release off of her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart.

Featuring cameo appearances from musicians, such as Rita Ora, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West & Katy Perry, with further actors and designers, such as Chris Rock and Alexander Wang, along with Madonna’s son, Rocco Ritchie and also David, that’s including the DJ, Diplo, Madonna’s latest video is set to wipe Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video to the floor.

Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj) follows on from Madonna’s previous video, Ghosttown, which I had most recently talked about shortly after it was released. In “Bitch I’m Madonna”, there is a vibrant, yet interesting feel that brings the video together, as the video surrounds a party-based theme which is interesting, but also at the same time, elegant and modern to the present day.

The video from my view has a vibrant, yet bold approach that is appealing. Despite the fact the video is explicit, it has a lot of good value to it, because Madonna is making sure that no-one forgets who she is.

It’s amazing how a video like this has managed to clock up that many views in just the space of two weeks, and I can say I actually like it, it’s not too raunchy, it’s not too in your face, but it’s a high-octane pop record that gets Madonna’s point across, not just in her own way, but also in a way where you can understand her.

Madonna has made sure to be as repulsive as possible to her haters who have criticised her because of her age by releasing this video to the masses, to tell her haters that she doesn’t care what anyone thinks, she just wants to be accepted for who she is, no matter what age she is.

In this day and age, some musicians, if not a lot of musicians, are criticised, not so much on how they create their music, but also on the way they create their music. Madonna has been in the music business for over 30 years and she hasn’t taken her fans’ support for granted, yet those who criticise her take her for granted and act like they don’t give a damn about her.

One of the most inspiring thing’s Madonna has said, was when she made this quote:

This will be a revolution of inquiring further, of not worrying about winning other people’s approval, of not wishing you were someone else but perfectly content to be who you are. Someone unique, and rare, and fearless. I want to start a revolution of love.” – Madonna

Bitch I’m Madonna is a high-octane record that will get your taste buds flowing, and it is also a good record that has some sentimental value, given just how hard-working Madonna has been since she released Rebel Heart on Monday 9th March 2015.

In it’s full HD glory, here is the Official Music Video by Madonna: “Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj), which was directed by the director who did Madonna’s previous video, Ghosttown, Jonas Åkerlund.

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Alex Smithson

© Madonna, Boy Toy Inc. & Live Nation 2015

© Any of the logos used, such as the Bitch I’m Madonna logo, the Rebel Heart logo, and the Madonna logo, including the image used behind the text are all courtesy of the record label, the ticket provider, the director and the artist itself. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

Fact: Jonas Åkerlund is best known for some of Madonna’s notable music videos, such as: “Ray of Light, Music, American Life, Jump & Celebration”. He has also worked with Madonna on putting together the tour footage for notable tours, such as: “I’m Going to Tell You a Secret”, “The Confessions Tour – Live from London (2006)” and “The Confessions Tour (2007)”.